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Leading causes of death in South Africa 2017, by number of deaths

Latest data from 2017 show that Tuberculosis was with approximately 28,700 cases the leading cause of death in South Africa. Diabetes mellitus caused 25 thousand casualties and was the second highest underlying cause of death, whereas 22,259 people passed away due to Cerebrovascular diseases (e.g. stroke, carotid stenosis). HIV/AIDS was the fifth ranked disease, causing 21,439 casualties. In total, roughly 20.6 million people in East and Southern Africa lived with HIV in 2018, causing over 300,000 AIDS-related deaths.

Leading causes of death in South Africa in 2017, by number of deaths

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* Including deaths due to MDR-TB and XDR-TB.

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